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Poetics and interpretation of biblical narrative

Author: Adele Berlin
Publisher: Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 2005 printing, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Poetics, the 'science' of literature, makes us aware of how texts achieve their meaning. Poetics aids interpretation. If we know how texts mean, we are in a better position to discover what a particular text means. This is a book that offers fundamental guidelines for the sensitive reading and understanding of biblical stories.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adele Berlin
ISBN: 1575060027 9781575060026
OCLC Number: 990191826
Notes: Originally published: Sheffield : Almond Press, 1983.
Description: 180 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Poetics and interpretation --
Character and characterization: Character types: Michal --
Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11 --
Bathsheba and Abishag in 1 Kings 1-2 --
Abigail --
Summary of character types --
David and his women --
Characterization: Description --
Inner life --
Speech and actions --
Contrast --
Combining characterization techniques --
Point of view: Narrative with multiple points of view: The poetics of point of view: The narrator's voice --
Characters' point of view: Naming --
Inner life --
The term hinneh --
Circumstantial clauses --
Direct disourse and narration --
Alternative expressions --
Combining points of view --
Poetics in the book of Ruth: Characters: Types of characters --
Naming --
The uses of the word hinneh --
Quoting previously unreported speech --
The narrator's presence --
Narrative structure: The abstract --
Orientation --
Complicating action --
Evaluation --
Result or resolution --
Coda --
Poetic interpretation and historical-critical methods: Source criticism --
Form criticism --
The Gilgamesh Epic --
The art of biblical narrative.
Responsibility: Adele Berlin.

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Poetics, the 'science' of literature, makes us aware of how texts achieve their meaning. Poetics aids interpretation. If we know how texts mean, we are in a better position to discover what a particular text means. This is a book that offers fundamental guidelines for the sensitive reading and understanding of biblical stories.
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